37th Annual SFARN Conference
Madison, WI
June 11-12, 2020

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The Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN) seeks proposals (.pdf) for presentations at the 37th Annual Conference to be held in Madison. Wisconsin. The Annual SFARN conference brings together some of the nation's leading researchers in the financial aid field and related areas to present and discuss current and upcoming research.

We welcome sessions focused on new and recently completed research on student aid issues such as federal policy changes, college food insecurity, student loan debt, low-income and non-traditional access, and the overarching theme of how students and their families are paying for college. Proposals should fit one of the following formats:

Research Presentations — Research presentations are roughly, a formal 30 minute presentation of completed or nearly-completed academic studies, policy reports, or other empirical research work. These presentations should address research motivation and questions, data and methods, findings, and implications for policy and practice. Presenters should be prepared to answer questions from audience members following their formal remarks, but generally, these sessions will be less interactive than the other formats.

Poster Presentation — Posters are ideal for those who wish to share and receive feedback on a research project, policy paper, or other work that is still in progress. Authors will have the opportunity to discuss their work in informal conversations with interested participants.

Symposium/Policy Talk — A symposium or policy talk consists of in-depth conversation and diverse perspectives on a topic related to student financial aid. Ideally, these presentations should combine researchers from different disciplines; mix academic scholars, policymakers, and practitioners; and/or include researchers with opposing views. These sessions should also encourage interaction between and among presenters and the audience. A typical symposium might include brief presentations from the panelists, Q&A from a moderator, and time for discussion and debate. These sessions will be allocated 60 minutes.

Click here (.pdf) for the tentative agenda from last year's conference, and here for last year's presentations.

Proposals can be submitted by clicking here and are due by 5:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.